Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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by Nelson on Mon 9th Dec 2013 02:59 UTC
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The only choices I think would have any kind of success are Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. Of the two I prefer Satya, but Elop is imho more likely to get the position.

Given the lies (erm, "leaks") by anonymous sources within MSFT ie: Elop planning to spin off Xbox and Bing, it seems like there are powers that be within Microsoft that really fear an Elop pick.

But, its one of the only ones that make sense. Elop understands Office (he ran the Office division for a while which reinvented itself with O365 and released Office 2010 without a hitch) and Nokia so he understands two huge parts of Microsoft moving forward.

If Devices and Services is what Microsoft wants to be, then Elop (or Satya who does services) is the guy.

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